[WS-5.3] Collections management from basics to international implementation
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Date: Sunday,30 September
Time: 10:20 : 16:20
Duration: Full day
Place: Cultural Conference Centre of Heraklion (CCCH)
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Collection management standards are best created from the practice of the people working in the sector. This has been the experience of Collections Trust, formerly the Museum Documentation Association (MDA) in the United Kingdom. Since its publication in 1994 Spectrum has undergone changes which reflect the changes in the sector. It has also been implemented in all kinds of institution national to local to volunteer. It has been translated into other languages, including German, Dutch, with an upcoming version in French (Canada).

The workshop will cover: deriving the basics of collections management, procedures and information needs, from common experience of the participants; Spectrum – the UK Collections Management Standard; and how to localise Spectrum in your country, and organisation.

The workshop is aimed at all those who are interested at implementing collections management in their organisation. Attendees of all levels of experience are welcome. It will be interactive, involving working in small groups to consider relevant questions with reporting back. It will give advice and hopefully provide inspiration.

Gordon McKenna
Collections Trust, UK
Short Bio:

Gordon McKenna has worked in the cultural heritage sector for over 30 years in a series of challenging and rewarding posts. His first degree was in Archaeological Sciences. After graduation he took part in excavations, and carried out research projects to source pottery and to analyse wall painting pigments using nuclear physics techniques. He also has worked extensively in museums: moving stores, documenting a wide range objects, carrying out conservation work; and creating exhibitions. Just before joining the Collections Trust in 1991 he obtained a Masters in Information Technology, with a dissertation looking at the use of project management software during large hardware relocation operation by British Aerospace. Since joining the Collections Trust he has authored standards and guides such as SPECTRUM Interactive, SPECTRUM Knowledge, Standards in Action - SPECTRUM IT Guide and Documentation: a practical guide. He has advised organisations, particularly on collections management systems and other IT-related issues. He has worked in partnership with organisations and consortia like CIDOC, ICOM-UK, FISH, EMII and CIMI to benefit the sector both in terms of standards and the creation of practical tools. He has lectured and given presentations on the Collections Trust's work throughout the world. At the moment he is Collections Trust’s Standards Manager. His major role is as co-editor of Collections Trust's Spectrum standard - the vademecum of collections management. He is also working on developing terminologies for use with Spectrum, and carrying out consultancy work in a wide range of areas.